# Math

## Aliens Would Be Dead Before Their Messages Reach Us

Radio waves are fast, but not fast enough to reach us before a civilization goes extinct.

## Difficult Second Grade Math Problem Goes Viral

The child's mom turned to social media for help—and the solution had a surprising twist.

## FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Prime Number Ever

The number was found by a 51-year-old engineer running multiple computers for days on end.

## Donald Trump Jr. Can't Do Middle School–Level Math

Twitter users are roasting Donald Trump Jr. for apparently misunderstanding how basic math works.

## Assad's Son Finishes Poorly at Math Olympiad in Brazil

Hafez al-Assad finished in the lower end of the International Mathematical Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

## Trappist-1 Solar System Has High Probability of Life

Life on one planet could easily spread to another, according to the numbers.

## Always Pick the Wrong Line at the Checkout? Here's Why

You might be better off just taking a gamble and not getting hung up your decision.

## Pi Day: Seven Things You May Not Know About the Day

Indiana lawmakers' attempt to round Pi to 3.2 and a Pi world record are among the things you probably don't know about Pi Day.

## ISIS Math Education Starts With Banning the Plus Sign

ISIS teachers neglect subjects that used to be taught, such as science, mathematics, art and music. Instead, children are taught how to fight in jihad.

## Largest Prime Number Ever Identified

The number is too large to have any "practical value."

## A Look at Anti-Vaxxers' Monstrously Bad Measles Math

Did 108 people really die from measles vaccines in the past decade? No, but don't tell anti-vaxxers that.

## 1976 Apple-1 Computer Sells for Record $905,000 at NYC Auction

A Bonhams auction of science objects put items like an Apple-1 computer, a Manhattan Project viewing window and a letter by Charles Darwin on the block

## The Maths Behind the Simpsons' Women

The Simpsons has secretly created an unlikely role model for rational thinking and gender equality

## A Huge First For Women: Female Mathematician Wins Fields Medal

Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani becomes first woman to snag highest prize in mathematics